The Development Services Department comprehensively maintains building permits, plans, maps, technical reports and other related data for land development projects within the City of San Diego and make the available to the public upon request. For more information, read Information Bulletin 110.
How to Obtain Records and Files
Customers can request or search for copies of prior permit records, plans, land use and mapping information the following ways:
Conduct your own research for permits and applications associated with any City of San Diego address. All other property records records can be obtained in person or by submitting an online request below.
Not all types of property records may be available through online requests, as record procedures and legal requirements have changed over the years. For records other than building, plumbing, mechanical and electrical permits, you must make your request in person.
Request in Person
With this option, records are typically available the same day. Customers can make requests for records directly at the Development Services Center Records Counter, located in the City Operations Building on the 2nd Floor. Appointments are highly recommended. Call 619-446-5200 for an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome, but priority is given to those with appointments.
Alternate Approval of Methods, Materials and Code Modifications
The City of San Diego processes requests for deviations to California Building Standards Codes with alternate materials, design or construction methods or code modifications. It also keeps a record of all applications processed from 1963 to date. Records include the case/project number, address, key name, key subject and the result for each application. To view copies of the project file for a specific deviation, make a request to view the records in person (see section above).
Is your project related to one of the following permits?
- News Rack Permit
- Residential Rooftop-Mounted Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Permit
- Simple Permit -MEP Permit (No-plan Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing permits)
- Traffic Control Permit
- Transportation Permit